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Philadelphia Timeline, 1863

1863

  • February 25. Gold reaches seventy-two per cent. Premium.
  • February 26. New post office building, Chestnut Street below Fifth (now eastern portion of Drexel Building) opened for business.
  • May 2. Fire. Car factory, Nineteenth and Market Streets. Loss, $100,000.
  • June 16. Mayor Henry issues a proclamation calling on the citizens to close their places of business and prepare to defend the State. State House bell tolled a 3 P.M. A large assembly convened in Independence Square.
  • June 29. A general mustering for defense of the advance of Lee. Earthworks constructed on roads leading to the city.
  • July 15. Draft commences in Fourth Congressional District.
  • August 24. Grand German festival at Washington Retreat. (Fairmount Park).
  • September 24. Grand review of colored troops at Chelten Hills. (Camp Wm. Penn).
  • October 3. Grand parade of colored troops.
  • November 7. Dummy engines commence running from the depot of the Fifth and Sixth Street Railway, Fourth and Berks Streets to Frankford. They proved very satisfactory.
  • December 18. Destructive fore in a petroleum warehouse, Delaware Avenue below Almond Street.
  • December 22. Cooper's Shop Soldiers Home dedicated.
  • December 23. Grand military procession to receive 29th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.
  • December 23. West end of Grays' Ferry bridge burned.

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Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA

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